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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
Jo Beckard Arrested on a Charge of Drunk and Disorderly
March 17, 1875 *Florence Gazette* article reporting the arrest and incarceration of local African-American Jo Beckard on a charge of drunk and disorderly.
A January, 1875 *Florence Gazette* report of local blacks Sylvester Hargraves and Henry Donnegan being arrested on January 22 on a charge of hog stealing. Hargraves was sentenced to "Castle Blair" (a reference to the county jail after Chief of Police…
April 21, 1904 *Florence Herald* report of the shooting of Frank Mooton by Deputy Broadfoot.
At a barbecue in East Florence sponsored by Florence's black community Mooton began firing a pistol around 5 pm, drawing the attention of the police who…
A Dark Complected Amazon Fined 10.00 for Assault
A June 10, 1908 *Florence Herald* report of black Oakland resident Elzoda [sic] Crittenden being fined $10 by Justice of the Peace CW Lemay "Friday morning, for an assault on Bessie Armstead, also colored," six miles west of Florence with rocks.
Arrested for Housebreaking
A Saturday, August 29, 1889 *Florence Herald* report of black resident George Roach's arrest on the charge of breaking and entering the house of GM Olive some 14 miles from Florence. Roach, who stole 18 lbs of bacon and some flour, was apprehended by…
Charley Jackson Tried for Arson
A Friday, April 1, 1921 *Florence Herald* report of the trial and sentencing of local black Charley Jackson on the charge of arson, specifically with "burning Bob Buckingham's house." Jackson was sentenced to ten years in the penitentiary.
Cut His Throat
A Thursday, December 21, 1899 *Florence Herald* report of an altercation between two employees of Joseph Milner & Son, Druggists, black employee Bob Buckingham and seventeen year-old white employee Lewis Bibb, in a storeroom at Milner's, which…
Florence Negro Killed in Fight Saturday Nite [sic]
A May 24, 1935 *Florence Herald* article reporting on the slaying of 60 year-old black resident Minnis [sic] Walston by 17 year-old black resident Dave Vaughn by stabbing at Handy Hill in West Florence. According to Vaughn "he and the elderly negro…
Norman Neal Arrested in Illinois on Murder Charges and Extradited Back to Florence
A Friday, January 5, 1934 *Florence Herald* report of the arrest in Alton, Illinois and extradition to Florence of Normal Neal for the murder of Robert Buckingham, Jr. "several months ago."
Sept. Term of Court to Close: Prisoners Convicted During Term will Receive Sentences Today
A September, 1938 *Florence Herald* report on the winding up of the recent term of Circuit Court, setting out the sentences of all those convicted., including several African-American men and women: Butler Woods plead guilty to assault with a weapon…